I really thought last week’s Rose of the Week would be the last until spring. Certainly, I didn’t think I would find any Hybrid Teas still producing quality flowers. But a couple of days ago, I went down to the poor neglected rose garden to start pruning, weeding, mulching, spraying, etc, when I noticed four buds on a tall, upright, healthy looking bush. I picked the buds. So we have one last Rose of the Week – Violina.
Violina certainly get points for the length of its flowering season. There was barely a leaf to be seen, let alone a flower.
It always amazes me, in Western Australia, how many months of the year we are blessed with rose blooms. By October, we will have the first of the spring flowers. We are very lucky, indeed.
Violina has very large, soft pink blooms with an intense fragrance. When I walked into the living room today, I was greeted by their beautiful perfume. It is truly amazing. They are high-centred blooms, born on long stems. They are abundant and recurrent.
The bush is a very disease-resistant, strong, upright plant. My bush is, at least, 2 metres tall … well, was until I pruned it yesterday. It has dark glossy leaves.